Friday, February 17, 2012

Invisible Jiu Jitsu or Forgotten Jiu Jitsu

I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.
18 April 2010 @ 01:46 pm

Lately a lot of people have been advertising invisible Jiu Jitsu. And after thinking about it a lot, and speaking to people like Henry Akins, I think invisible Jiu Jitsu is just forgotten Jiu Jitsu. It's all the little details that our instructors teach us, that we just forget over time. Which is natural. Whether you write it down, rep it a bunch, we can only retain so much.

A way to get a grip, a way to grab the collar, a way to control their hips. And as people get their black belts, they all put their own spin, their own unique twists on Jiu Jitsu.

It's like taking the Mona Lisa, and then a really great artist, hand copies it. Then another great artist, hand copies that. And after a while, it may still look good because it's made by good hands, but maybe it doesn't look so much like the Mona Lisa anymore. Or maybe it looks like her, unless you look close. This is what probably happened to a lot of martial arts.

Our ability to retain the basic principles and details will determine our ability to master the invisible. It's invisible because we are doing the shit the other person forgot right? Or their instructor forgot to teach for that matter.
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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